Duration: 4 Days
Type: Adventure Peru Treks
Destinations: Cusco, Piskacucho, Wayllabamba, Warmiwañusca, Paqaymayu, Chakicocha, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu
Description: This is the classic 4/3 Inca Trail Hike that most people do. There are thousands of kilometers of Inca trails remaining throughout South America built to serve the empire and used by their citizens and runners communicating messages. 5 AM Cusco hotel pickup and 2-hour drive to km 82 on the rail line to start the hike. Hike high up into the mountains and over the next 4 days pass the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñay Wayna. On the sunrise of day 4 enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate where you will first see Machu Picchu.
We will depart from Cusco by bus and pass through the town of Urubamba before stopping briefly in Ollantaytambo in case anyone needs to buy last-minute gear or personal supplies.
Next, we move on Piskacuchu (Km 82) and the start of the Inca Trail hike. We will have lunch in Miskay and relax a bit before hiking to our first campsite.
Along the way we will visit the Patallaqta archaeological site.
We’ll start the day early in the morning with a hearty breakfast before hiking to the highest point of The Inca Trail. Here we can literally see the various ecological zones and microclimates from a panoramic viewpoint.
We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level.
After lunch we will continue on to the Pacaymayo campsite where we will enjoy dinner at our campsite.
Day 3 begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to the second highest pass on the Trail (3,850 meters/12,631 feet above sea level). Along the way we will visit the Runcuracay archaeological site.
Throughout the day we will also visit the Sayaqmarca and Phuyupatamarca archaeological complexes. After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna ruins where we will spend our last night on the trail.
After a very early breakfast, we’ll begin the final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”) to take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After an hour take the bus to Aguas Caliente for your bus up to the visitors entrance of Machu Picchu. For 3 hours the guide will lead you through Machu Picchu explaining everything about how the city was designed and the significance of the buildings.
You will have time to experience Machu Picchu on your own after the tour before descending to Aguas Calientes by bus for taking your train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will be driven 90 minutes to Cusco’s San Francisco Plaza where you can easily walk back to your hotel.
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